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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Oct 1, 2010 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Well, folks, if it matters to you or not, I'll be starting a new life in NYC tomorrow. Ive lived upstate all my life, and its time to leave the nest (my parents house). Me and my girlfriend got an apartment in Queens.

One good thing about moving to the city is live music. All the major touring acts make a stop in NYC if they know whats good for them.

Any city-dwellers want to offer some advice for this naive born and raised suburban boy, whose jumping head first into the big city??
(Supposedly, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere!)

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Oct 1, 2010 5:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

If you pass poughkeepsie on your way down, wave hello to me, because I'm around there!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Oct 2, 2010 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Best of luck on the move! California born and bred and amazingly still live there, but I've always had a hankering to see Big City life.

I always used to think that the Dead were really on for their New York shows, until I met a fellow Deadhead at work who grew up in NY and said they were always jealous of us on the West Coast (I grew up in SF) because the shows were always better there!

Guess the grass will always be greener...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 1, 2010 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

congrats and good luck on your move; i lived in Astoria for a year, and while aesthetically it was less than what i was used to, i really loved the vibe, and for eats no need ever to go into manhattan, some really great and eclectic dining right in Queens (at significantly less cost); i loved to just walk and walk and explore different neighborhoods, it was great hearing so many different language, so many different people from all corners and walks of life; peace & quiet can be hard to find!

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Poster: BVD Date: Oct 1, 2010 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

I was born and raised in Queens. Graduated from Bayside H.S. in 72 and then on to Queens College. Saw my first Dead shows at the Felt Forum in 71. I remember when I was in kindergarten Iwalked to school by myself which was two blocks from my house in Fluishing. That's how safe the neighborhood was back then. Move to No. Calif. in 79 but still consider myself a New Yorker. I still really miss it and get back every chance I can for a visit. Still have family there.I hope the transition goes smoothly for you and enjoy living in the greatest city in the world!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 1, 2010 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV02nP9PLnQ

nice set

edit - one thing to do , soon , is go to Shopsins on the lower East Side . It is in the Essex St. Market . Kenny is a NYC institution ( the soup Nazi on the Seinfeld episode ). He is soon to retire . His 'restaurant' is at the butt end of the market and looks like a break room . A well used break room . My first time there , he kicked me out b/c I sat in his chair , which looked like all other beat up '70's style chairs . But the food ... His son Zack who helps and is to take over soon , is far more mellow then his father . Kenny can be a great conversationalist , ignore you completely or kick you out . It's like playing food roulette . Essex St. is a good ( and big ) neighborhood market , so if you do get kicked out there is plenty to do . Worth it .

http://www.shopsins.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopsins

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2010-10-01 21:50:28

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Oct 1, 2010 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Aw man, have a good move and best wishes in the concrete jungle. Is CBGB's really closed? Good club to take in some punk rock nostalgia. Oh yeah, look before you step out into the street, ruthless cab drivers will not stop!

This post was modified by madmonkmcphee on 2010-10-01 22:32:38

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Oct 1, 2010 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWEcYdihRwI&;feature=related

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Oct 2, 2010 6:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Thanks for all the kind wishes everyone!

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Poster: waynecs Date: Oct 2, 2010 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Being in Queens you may be tempted to root for the Mets - DON'T DO IT...it can only lead to heartache.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 2, 2010 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

LMAO!

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 2, 2010 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Better Dead than being a Yankee fan...

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Poster: waynecs Date: Oct 3, 2010 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

I figured that went without saying.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 1, 2010 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

Welcome to Queens! lived here for 30 years, Rego Park area.

1. Never take the first apt you're shown.
2. Try to see apts. at night - if roaches or mice are around, you're more likely to see 'em.
3. Find out what kind of immediate neighbors you have - peace is the hardest thing to find.
4. Stay within walking distance of transit, a grocery and other essentials.
5. A good parking place counts for a lot.

Contrary to opinion, New Yorkers are really helpful, unless they're in a hurry. Don't be afraid to ask directions, someone will be glad to tell you 3 ways to get there. And, I've found this the safest place I've ever lived.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Oct 1, 2010 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

All good advice. Luckily, we've found an apartment in Sunnyside, close to the 7, so that obstacle is out of the way. As far as peace with the neighbors, I guess I'll find out. Very much looking foreward to life in Queens!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 1, 2010 3:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

All I can think of when hearing of a young man and his gal venturing to NY City is Barefoot in the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's...those two movies always represented the 60s version of life in the Big Apple for me...well, better than Midnight Cowboy I suppose; enjoy it!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 1, 2010 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just like New York City (Non-Dead)

If you are living in Queens, you are going to want to do much of your produce shopping in the Asian section of Flushing.

There are several great Asian/Korean markets in the area, as well as numerous vendors on the street, and the fruit and vegetables are very good and dirt cheap. They have some really cools things to buy and eat there. Stuff like snow peas shoots, Asian cucumbers, baby Bok-choy, etc, etc.

The seafood is also very inexpensive at these places, and particularly good at "Super H Mart" (Union and 29th) and you can find shrimp for a couple bucks a pound, and they are good. Its sad seeing the buckets with turtles and frogs, but there are some pretty cool seafood items like geoduck clams, cuttle-fish, etc. You can also find yummy stuff like kimchi.

its fun walking around there with lots of interesting places to eat in that neighborhood, places with roast ducks and piglets hanging in the windows, great pho, Vietnamese, Dim Sum, Noodles, etc, etc.

Enjoy and good luck in the city!